Keynotes

"Kristen Donnelly is an exceptionally dynamic and thoughtful speaker. She commands the space while also maintaining an intimate connection with her audience. Her years of study and humble curiosity create the perfect container to talk about hard things."

tricia brouk

-award winning

director and producer-

Kristen Donnelly (MSW, M.Div, PhD) is an award winning, four time TEDx speaker, international empathy educator, and researcher with two decades of experience in helping people understand the beauty in difference, and the power in inclusivity. She is one of The Good Doctors of Abbey Research, COO of their parent company, and an unapologetic nerd for stories of change. Kristen lives outside of Philadelphia with her husband, where they are surrounded by piles of books and several video game consoles.


Speaking Highlights

TEDxRUTGERSCAMDEN

"Everyone's replaceable" and other lies we live by

Filmed on site at the location of her family business, Dr. Kristen's 4 TEDx talk shares the personal story of that business and how they developed a people-first approach to management. 

As we all grapple with the effects of The Great Reshuffle, leaders and managers should heed the words of this talk. 

TEDxchicago: 


how to be there for a traumatized friend and not cause more pain

This tour de force talk is deeply personal as well as firmly communal. She asks the question of all of us: how do we respond when someone tells us they're in pain?

The ways we do are causing more harm, and Dr. Kristen outlines the ways we can and must change. 

TEDxFARMINGDALE: 

the cultural aftermath of the northern ireland troubles

Using Northern Ireland as a cautionary tale, she implores us to understand that "normal is just a setting on a tumble dryer, and there's no going back to it after the world has changed."

We are living through a period of profound change, and this talk could not be more timely.

TEDxSOUTHLAKETAHOE:

 

how embracing tolerance has failed us

In this powerful and candid talk about tolerance, inclusion, and empathy, Dr. Kristen shares a new perspective on how we think about tolerance in our lives and how important it is to use intersectional, inclusive hospitality as our worldview.

We believe that if we do this we can ultimately and finally come together as a global humanity.

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